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Wile_E_Coyote
09-07-2005, 05:22 AM
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JETS
Going back to returner
Blaylock must try to tackle Chiefs' Hall, elusive runback man he blocked for in KC the past four seasons

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BY KEN BERGER
STAFF WRITER
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September 7, 2005

Depending on the flip of a coin, the Jets' first play of the 2005 season could be one of the most dangerous they'll attempt all season: kicking off to Dante Hall.

And if their offense sputters a bit, as can reasonably be expected because the system is new and the quarterback is still getting his bearings, they will deliver the ball (much to their chagrin) a few times to Hall with a punt, that fine American (and Australian) art form.

When you play the Chiefs, as the Jets do Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, you have to be mindful of two things: the noise and Hall, whose kick-returning exploits typically create even more noise.

Hall is widely considered the best returner in the game, with five touchdowns on kickoff returns and four on punts in his five-year career. Few players understand the threat he presents better than Jets running back Derrick Blaylock, who blocked for Hall on kickoff returns the past four seasons. On Sunday, he'll be the kind of guy he used to pity: one trying to tackle Hall.

"You've just got to break down and tackle Dante, because you never know what he's going to do," Blaylock said. "He's very shifty and unpredictable. They could have the wedge going one way and he could go the other way."

Many teams do their best to kick away from Hall when possible. Not Mike Westhoff, the Jets' special-teams coach, who said recently, "We're going to kick it to him and cover it." Easy for him to say.

"It's tough tackling him," Blaylock said. "But if you get enough guys around him, it's possible."

After signing Blaylock, the Jets weren't as crestfallen as their fans were to see LaMont Jordan sign with the Raiders. Jordan has more upside as a starting tailback, but Blaylock is better suited to the backup role, and he's a far better special-teams player. The Chiefs tried to re-sign him, but Blaylock said, "It wasn't as strong as the effort was here, so that's why I'm here."

Hall's counterpart Sunday was supposed to have been rookie Justin Miller, but the second-round pick was a flop as the punt returner in preseason. He was so disappointing that Westhoff is using a three-man rotation that includes Jerricho Cotchery and Justin McCareins.

Essentially, the worse the field position, the less likely Miller is to be the returner. Despite his struggles on punts, Miller is expected to handle most of the kickoff returns.

A more interesting matchup is Hall against Aussie punter Ben Graham, whose unorthodox spin has given fits to returners all preseason.

"I hope it messes him up so he's back there bobbling them," said Blaylock, who spoke on the phone with Hall over the weekend. "I'll probably call him later and talk a little trash to him."

Although his role on offense isn't defined yet, Blaylock figures to get on the field even less than Jordan did. Still, he's been looking forward to returning to Kansas City ever since the schedule came out.

"I'm going to be pretty pumped up, but not too much to where I get myself out of sync," Blaylock said. "I'll calm down once I get in there."

Notes & quotes: Free-agent T Scott Gragg visited the Jets the past two days, but they may opt not to sign him until after the opener. That way, his salary wouldn't be guaranteed ... Chiefs QB Trent Green (surgery on artery in left leg) returned to practice and will play Sunday.

Sunday

Jets at Kansas City

1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 2

Radio: WEPN(1050),

WABC (770), WADO

Douche Baggins
09-07-2005, 05:24 AM
Wow. I really hate Derrick Blaylock.

|Zach|
09-07-2005, 05:46 AM
Wow. I really hate Derrick Blaylock.
Really?

Bob Dole
09-07-2005, 05:54 AM
Bob Dole is going to say it for the 349th time:

We're going to miss Blaylock on our return teams...

|Zach|
09-07-2005, 05:56 AM
Bob could be right about missing Blaylock. I am not quite sure. I met him in BS one time and he was a very nice guy. Felt like I was just shooting the shit with some schmoe from down the street.

I wish the best for Blaylock in his NFL career. Except for when he is playing the Chiefs.

Area 51
09-07-2005, 06:13 AM
How is Dante's knee? Is he even going to play? Last week they said it was still tender. I know he is the premire return specialist in the league, but if he isn't 100% will they go ahead and let him start?

the Talking Can
09-07-2005, 06:23 AM
"Although his role on offense isn't defined yet, Blaylock figures to get on the field even less than Jordan did."


nice..he's on his way to 1500 yards.....

jspchief
09-07-2005, 06:29 AM
F*ck Derrick Blaylock. I hope he gets his teeth knocked out by Grigsby on the first kick-off.


It's a great idea to kick to Hall IMO. That when, when he runs one back, it will really take the crowd out of it. Hall running kicks back ignites that crowd more than DT sacks did in the 90s.

StcChief
09-07-2005, 06:49 AM
F*ck Derrick Blaylock. I hope he gets his teeth knocked out by Grigsby on the first kick-off.


It's a great idea to kick to Hall IMO. That when, when he runs one back, it will really take the crowd out of it. Hall running kicks back ignites that crowd more than DT sacks did in the 90s.

My thoughts exactly. Return the first one and really get the crowd up.

He's an ex-Chief F'em, good luck after 9/11.

Rukdafaidas
09-07-2005, 06:57 AM
Bob Dole is going to say it for the 349th time:

We're going to miss Blaylock on our return teams...
I remember the ESPN segment a couple of years ago on Dante. They had him and Blaylock on the practice field going through returns in slow motion. Dante said all of his returns keyed on Blaylock. He would follow blaylock then base his direction off of Blaylock's block.
But, that doesn't necessarily mean that someone else couldn't step in and do just as well. In fact, Dante only had 2 TD returns last year and one of those was against Denver, when Blaylock wasn't even active.

Dr. Facebook Fever
09-07-2005, 07:34 AM
Wow. I really hate Derrick Blaylock.
Why? Because he took a better offer from another team and now wants to win with them?

Chiefs_Mike_Topeka
09-07-2005, 07:51 AM
Whats with all the hate towards Blaylock, he was a class guy his entire time here and played his ass off!

Personally I wish him all the luck in the world and hope he is very successful in New York.

(Except on Sunday!)

jynni
09-07-2005, 08:05 AM
The Chiefs tried to re-sign him, but Blaylock said, "It wasn't as strong as the effort was here, so that's why I'm here."
Didn't we "try to resign" him by offering the vet min to play third string RB? Or did we offer him more?

But yeah - probably a much bigger effort from the Jets. It was probably more about getting knocked to third string than it was about money.

ROYC75
09-07-2005, 08:07 AM
Go ahead and kick it to him......... we like it that way.

Lzen
09-07-2005, 08:19 AM
Didn't we "try to resign" him by offering the vet min to play third string RB? Or did we offer him more?

But yeah - probably a much bigger effort from the Jets. It was probably more about getting knocked to third string than it was about money.

It's always about money and playing time. I'm guessing his choice was about both. He knew LJ was gonna be our 2nd stringer and he took a better opportunity in NY. I don't blame him for that. It was the best way to go for us as well as DB. That being said, I still don't think he's cut out to be an everyday starter. He's best suited to play a backup role. I wish Derrick Blaylock the best in NY except for this Sunday, of course.

Lzen
09-07-2005, 08:22 AM
Bob Dole is going to say it for the 349th time:

We're going to miss Blaylock on our return teams...

I know Blaylock was very good on our return teams. But who's to say Horn or whoever takes his place won't turn out to be just as good? I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.

Chiefs Pantalones
09-07-2005, 09:32 AM
The only reason they are going to do so is because they know he won't be 100%.